Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ransomware Attack spreads through Europe

At Hot Air by John Sexton
Remember that widespread ransomware attack that happened last month? Something very similar is happening today. This time the attack was first noticed in Ukraine. From the Washington Post:
Ukraine first reported Tuesday’s cyberattacks, saying they targeted government ministries, banks, utilities and other important infrastructure and companies nationwide, airport departure tables and demanding ransoms from government employees in the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
By midafternoon, breaches had been reported at computers governing the municipal energy company and airport in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, the state telecommunications company Ukrtelecom, the Ukrainian postal service and the State Savings Bank of Ukraine. Payment systems at grocery stores were knocked offline, as well as the turnstile system in the Kyiv metro.
But it’s not just Ukraine that is getting hit. Bogdan Botezatu, an analyst from Bitdefender, tells the Associated Press, “A massive ransomware campaign is currently unfolding worldwide.”

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